One thing I love to have my students do is recommend books to each other. We do it during book talks where I “advertise” books, we do it during status of the class where I ask students to tell a little bit about their book once in a while, and sometimes I ask them to do something a little more formal. I was beginning to think it was about time to take our world map projects down from above our lockers (ummm….the ones that have been up there since October) and create something a little seasonal!
I talked to my class about what it means to “chill out”, and everyone agreed it is a way to tell someone to relax and take a break. I told them that one of my favorite ways to “chill out” is to grab a great book! I asked them to think about all the books they have read so far this year and pick ONE that they think others would really like to read as well.
We are in the middle of our opinion writing unit, so I asked them to think about what reasons/evidence they have to support a topic sentence like this:
They worked to create drafts of paragraphs where they defended their opinion about why their book was “chill out” worthy!